Rahul prays at Patan temple, Chennai rains and other news in pictures

Rahul prays at Patan temple, Chennai rains and other news in pictures

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After a lull, rains are back in Chennai. So are rain-related woes. Water stagnation, battered roads and choked drains are being reported from various parts of the city. The Chennai Corporation, which recently opened a control room to address civic woes, has said it will function till the monsoon season ends.

A waterlogged road at Salt Cotaurs in Chennai.   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu


A potter woman at work

A woman potter is busy at work making the clay lamps at Mela Kondayampettai in Tiruchi.   | Photo Credit: M. Srinath

With the festival of lamps, Karthigai Deepam, arriving shortly, the clay lamps aer in great demand from households. Apart from households, temples use clay lamps in large numbers during Karthigai Deepam.


Bob Geldof to turn in Dublin honour

Bob Geldof arrives to return his ‘Freedom of the City of Dublin’ with Oonagh Casey of Dublin’s City Manager’s office, after saying he could not continue to hold the honour with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Dublin, Ireland. Reuters   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Irish rock singer Bob Geldof says he is returning his ‘Freedom of the City of Dublin’ honour because it is also held by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of complicity for what he and others, including the United Nations, call “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in the Asian nation. The founder of Live Aid says Ms. Suu Kyi is a “handmaiden to genocide” whose association with Ireland’s capital “shames us all.”


Congress VP at Vir Meghmaya temple

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi offers prayers during a visit to Vir Meghmaya temple in Patan, Gujarat on Monday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Congress vice-president began his campaign for the Assembly polls in north Gujarat with a visit to the famous Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar on Saturday. The BJP criticised the move, saying Mr. Gandhi was visiting Hindu temples just ahead of elections to get votes.


Second year anniversary of Paris terror attacks

France observes the anniversary of the Paris terror attacks.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron (centre) and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo attend a minute of silence after they laid a wreath of flowers in front of a commemorative plaque next to the “A La Bonne Biere” cafe and the Rue de la Fontaine au Roi street, in Paris.

This was during a ceremony held for the victims of the Paris attacks which targeted the Bataclan concert hall as well as a series of bars and killed 130 people.


Modi, Trump hold bilateral talks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting at the ASEAN Summit during the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Manila, Philippines.   | Photo Credit: AP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Philippines on Monday.

Mr. Modi was accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, Secretary in charge of the eastern affairs Preeti Saran and Joint Secretary in charge of Southern global affairs in MEA Vinay Kumar.

Protest rallies against US President Donald Trump

Protestors take cover as they clash with police during a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump, who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings in Manila, Philippines on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

After initially saying he would skip this week’s East Asia summit in the Philippines, U.S. President Donald Trump is now set to attend the event on  Tuesday that hosts the 10-member crew of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other world leaders.


Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupts

Primary school children play outside their classroom as Mount Sinabung, active since 2010, erupts in the distance in Naman Teran Village, Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

After having been dormant for centuries, Mount Sinabung in Sumatra has been active since 2010. The volcano is now highly active, and is spewing ash and lava.


Delhi’s toxic smog situation continues

Delhi still reels under severe weather conditions. A scene at Vijay Chowk, on Monday, November 13, 2017   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

The nearly a week-long spell of toxic smog enveloping the national capital continued today, with reduced visibility in some areas leading to cancellation of eight trains in Delhi, according to reports from PTI.

The minimum temperature dropped to 12.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average, a MeT department official told the news agency.

The humidity was recorded at 93% at 8.30 AM.

The visibility dropped to 500 metres at 5.30 AM and later to 400 metres at 8.30 AM.


Protest against Thomas Chandy

BJP supporters lay siege at Secretariat demanding the resignation of Transport Minister Thomas Chandy in Thiruvnanthapuram on Monday.   | Photo Credit: S Mahinsha

The Kerala Cabinet is expected to take a decision on Thomas Chandy today, as protests against him continuing as the Transport Minister even after his name figured in a district collector’s report on land encroachment.

Mr. Chandy, the Kuttanad MLA, is the lone member in Pinarayi Vijayan’s cabinet from the NCP.